Eric Newill, Executive Editor
Eric Newill, Executive Editor
Jun 2020

Most have heard of the legendary Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, site of the 1969 riots that led to the adoption of civil rights for the LGTB community. But this Pride Month we take a look at the rich histories of seven other notable LGBT landmarks in America and abroad. 

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Belmond Cadogan Hotel
This luxe Chelsea hotel was a longtime residence of playwright Oscar Wilde, who retreated here and was ultimately arrested after his conviction for indecency in 1895. Today, guests can book the Royal Suite—the writer’s erstwhile accommodations—and enjoy a Wilde Strawberry cocktail in the bar.

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Old UN Plaza Federal Office Building
San Francisco
In 1985, at the height of the AIDS crisis and government inaction, a group of activists chained themselves to this structure, when it was occupied by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Their demands for research funding led to an encampment outside the building that lasted until 1995.

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Pyramid Club
New York City
This long-running East Village club—which hosted the Manhattan debut of RuPaul in 1982—was a creative nexus for drag, showcasing many of the era’s stars, including Ru, Lypsinka and Lady Bunny (who launched Wigstock across the street in Tompkins Square Park). Its ’80s nights are still wildly popular.

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Jane Addams Hull-House
Founded in 1889 by social activist Jane Addams and her companion Ellen Gates Starr, this Near West Side mansion was at its height one of the country’s most prominent centers and settlement houses promoting the rights of immigrants and women, including suffrage. Today it is a National Historic Landmark as well as a Chicago LGBT landmark.

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The Cafe Lafitte in Exile
New Orleans
The oldest operating gay bar in the country, Cafe Lafitte opened in 1933 and drew notables including Tennessee Williams and Truman Capote. It moved in the ’50s to its current nearby location, inspiring the “In Exile” tag. It remains to this day a vibrant rendezvous on Bourbon Street.

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Maison Jean Cocteau
Milly-la-Floret, France
The 16th-century country residence of the legendary French artist, playwright, writer and film director, Jean Cocteau purchased this property in 1947. He created many of his later works there until his death in 1963. It is now a museum filled with works he created in his later years, and his tomb is in a nearby chapel.

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The Black Cat
Los Angeles
After a New Year’s Eve crackdown, this neighborhood bar in Silver Lake became the site of a peaceful 1967 demonstration against police harassment, preceding Stonewall by two years. Now a gastropub serving baked oysters and raclette burgers, it is an official Los Angeles LGBT landmark.

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